I’m an Australian uni student, and I’m thinking about going on exchange to America. Thinking, as in, ohmygodisowantto,nowwherecanigethemoney???
So I’ve been looking around at the universities that my uni has programs set up with (I pay cheaper Australian fees, instead of expensive US ones) and I went to the open day where all the universities sold themselves, and I’ve looked at pamphlets and gone to all the websites, and I’m really excited and it seems totally cool, but I have no idea where to go.
Hence this thread.
The big problem I’m finding is that there is always some magazine that will say X University is in the top ten Universities that do X. It’s a bit hard to get reasonable information, because they’re all trying to sound like they’re the best uni ever.
Now, I’m going on exchange cause I reckon this would be the best way to see America. And I’d love to see America. So, of course, I want a good university, but just as important is that it’s in a good location where I can get around and see a lot of stuff, and have a good time while I’m there. For instance, one of the ones on my list, University of Arkansas, is in Fayetteville, which seems to be a long way from anywhere and hence, doesn’t offer me as much opportunity to get around and see stuff as say, University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, which is close to DC and lots of other exciting east coast things.
I like cities. I’ve accepted that the college town seems to be a strong part of the American college experience, and I think I could cope with something a little less urban if there are reasonably large cities in the area that I can visit. I’m open to both, but I’d prefer to live in a city.
I like liberal areas. It probably doesn’t matter; college environments are pretty liberal anywhere, right, but I just know I’ll be more comfortable in a liberal environment.
I don’t want to go anywhere hot. I’ve lived in hot Australian weather for all my life, never had a proper winter and I’d like to see snow and leaves fall off trees and all that sort of thing (I intend to go northern Fall Semester '04).
I’m doing a Communications degree, doing a double-major in Journalism and Media Production (focusing on Video).
Given that, I’ve narrowed my options down to a short list of:
University of Kansas
University of Pittsburgh
University of Virginia
with some maybes:
Western Washington University
I’m having different reactions to all of these. KU seems to be a really pretty campus, and they gave me heaps of pamphlets and stuff, and it seems to be a really cool university. However, apart from Kansas City, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot in the area, so I’m kind of split on this. Ohio seems to be a good Journalism uni, which is a big plus, and has a lot of cities reasonably close by. Pitt and Buffalo State are both in cities, which I like, but I don’t know what the cities of Pittsburgh and Buffalo are like. Pittsburgh keeps trying to tell me that it has shaken off its industrial past, but I don’t know whether to believe it. Buffalo seems a little depressed and rundown, but should I believe this? Charlottesville mentiones a Thomas Jefferson connection about fifty million times on their webpage, but does this necessarily mean that they’re a good school?
Anyway, sorry to be so long, but i’d really appreciate any advice I could get on these unis, or the area they’re in or the weather or absolutely anything.
The other options I’ve got are: U of Arizona, U of Arkansas, Clarkson, Iowa State, U of New Mexico, U North Carolina at Wilmington, Northern Arizona U, U Northern Iowa, U of South Carolina, Virginia Tech. I’ve pretty much counted these out, but if there are any reasons why I really should think about any of these, tell me. For instance, with the ones in the Carolinas, I’m worried that it’ll be too mild, and I won’t get any proper weather. Yup, thanks, again.